Shawn Brady signals excitement for new album release tonight - 141023Th Shows



Shawn Brady signals excitement for new album release tonight


You can’t judge an album by its cover and you certainly can’t really do so either from listening to just one track. But if the rest of the new Broken Traffic Lights album from Shawn Brady is anything like the “Last Night In Tokyo” sample I’ve heard, those who pick up the disc at its TO release party tonight are in for one lively ride.


Shawn Brady -Michele O'Neill

Shawn Brady -Michele O’Neill

Of course, as I mentioned in a previous piece, “high-energy” is Brady’s calling card whenever he performs live.

Brady —who’s frontman for the acclaimed U2 tribute Elevation as well as principal singer-guitarist for other acts such as the Eye Pod Shuffle party Rock combo when he’s not leading his own Electric Blood outfit— released the new disc in his hometown of Sudbury a couple of weeks ago to a full house and great media reviews.

The track I’ve heard, “Last Night In Tokyo”, [hear it on our Featured Tracks page] is a lively and full-on produced orgy of Rock vocals with high-torque guitars which to me echoed somewhat of a more orchestrated Rush or Bruce Springsteen. There’s definitely a kind of 80s-90s arena feel to the lush production. And it rocks!

But the lyrics are all Brady —and edgy, with lines like “tonight we’ll shine like razor blades and cut the night into the day” and “she’s pulling me away from love and closer to prescription drugs.”

Tonight Brady brings the live performance of the album (with yet another musical combo, the Northern Sons Band) to TO’s Opera House at 725 Queen Street East.

He’ll also have guest artists Don Campbell and Four Letter World opening the 8 p.m. show, for which admission is $20 and doors open at 7.

-Gary 17,

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*5-8> Kirsten Jones @ Richtree Restaurant, Eaton Centre (14 Queen St. West), TO ~Country originals & Pop covers

*5-8> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO East ~Folk-Rock/Country

5-8> Paul Ilew-Willians & The Brickhouse Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)

6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Roots-Pop

6:30> Ross Woolridge Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

Boomer Ad October 237-9> The Perspectives @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

7> 24th Street Wailers @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues

7> Burning Hell with Blimp Rock @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave., TO

*7:30-8:30> “Iron Maidens” radio show with host Misty Blue @ ~multi-genre female songwriters

*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio with Chelsea Bennett @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Jazz Blues

*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

8> Shawn Brady + openers Don Campbell; Four Letter World album release for Broken Traffic Lights @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., TO East; original Rock; $20

*8-11> Tinderbox Thursdays open stage with Michael Keith @ La Revolucion, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic

8> Stellarize; Carmen “Social Potion” Toth; Mirian Kay @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~original Pop Rock; pwyc/$5

*8-12> open indie/Rock jam with Juggernaut Band feat. Andy Narsingh @ Shamrocks Bar, 100 Dundas St. E., Whitby

*8> open mic with Anthony Abbatangeli & Ken Foster @ DeSotos, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

8> Robin Banks @ Paintbox, 555 Dundas St. E., TO East ~Blues/Jazz

8> Alan Rhody; The Brothers Brady @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~$15

8-12> Freedom Train @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40

8-12> The Doozies @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 32 Kingston Rd. E. Ajax ~Pop

*8-12> open mic & jam @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*8-11:30> Christopher Plock & Stevie G @ Mulligan’s Pub, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener

*8:30-9:30> “Rockin’ The Blues From Canada” radio show with host Misty Blue @ ~Rock/Blues

8:30> Russell deCarle Trio album release for Live at Loud Mouse Studios @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~R&B/Western Swing/Jazz; $27.50/-

8:30> Matthew Hornell @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~songwriter; $7

9> Don River Blues @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Blues; $5Linsmore 141020

9> Tommy Rocker’s Classic Rock Show hosts jam @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

*9> Johnny Cox & The Magnetic Line host Blues/Rock jam @ Colonel Mustard’s Port Perry, 15 Water St., Port Perry

*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach

9> Pretzel Logic @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Steely Dan tribute; $10

*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West, TO West ~eclectic

9-12> Annie Bonsignore @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9-12> Jenny Allen @ Bar Radio, 615 College St., TO ~Roots; pwyc

9> Kevin Roy @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~songwriter

9> Carlos Morgan @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North

9-1> Brant Parker Blues Band @ Monarchs Pub (Eaton Chelsea Hotel), 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~Blues

9> The Ole Fashioned with Keith Hallett @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa

9> Al Mathews @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

Southside 141020*9:30-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd., Etobicoke South ~Rock/Pop

*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Coyote Jack’s, 64 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

*9:30> karaoke with Kiki @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

9:30> Joe Sullivan @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~MontrealJazz

9:30> TC FolkPunk; Mississippi Bends album release @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

9:30> open mic @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> The Rough Copies @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock

9:30> Glenn Groves @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga

*9:45> Mary Mckay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues

10> Sweet Darling & Sorrow @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> Raven Shields @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Roots-Rock

10> The Tonkas @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

10> Karyn Ellis; Marina Marina @ The Red Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

10:30> Amazing Dude; Morning Fame; The Sounds Pilots @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

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